The St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is serviced by two major airports – the smaller St. Petersburg/Clearwater International (PIE) and the award-winning Tampa International Airport about 30 minutes away (TIA). Both are extremely convenient, comfortable and well-serviced, though TIA will offer more options for flights and airlines.
Some areas will be walkable, especially downtown St. Petersburg. However, you will still almost certainly need ground transportation in the form of a rental car, taxi or shuttle. Thankfully, driving around is relatively easy; roads generally follow a grid system and there are two major highways – I-75 and I-275 – that will connect you to surrounding areas. All imaginable options for ground transportation, including car rentals and cars for hire, can be found at airports and through your hotel concierge.
Clearwater offers their Jolley Trolley for local trolley service, which is a convenient and money-saving option if you choose Clearwater for your vacation. St. Petersburg runs the Looper Trolley, which is a mere 50 cents to ride and includes some drop-off and pick-up areas that are free.
Save time and money when traveling to Clearwater Beach by hopping on the Clearwater Ferry. Park for free in downtown Clearwater and enjoying a relaxing cruise to the beach for under $10 roundtrip - free dolphin sightings are an extra bonus! Other great alternatives along the beaches include Florida Free Rides and Free Beach Rides, which are both free, tip-based car services.